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Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border

Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s call to send troops to the southern border won’t be enough to address the flow of illegal immigration to the U.S. 

“There makes some sense to send soldiers to the border, but you’re not going to secure a border just by adding National Guard troops,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He added that “building a wall alone won’t do anything,” referencing Trump’s signature promise on immigration. 

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Trump announced last week that he was ordering thousands of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop illegal border crossings until a wall can be constructed.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE signed off on the request on Friday. The memo states that troops will not perform law enforcement activities. It does not state how much the mission will cost.

Arizona and Texas have both said they will send troops to the border starting this weekend.

Graham on Sunday argued it would be more effective to address the underlying reasons that people try to leave Central American countries and Mexico for the United States.

“We have two borders: One with Canada, one with Mexico,” Graham said. “I’ve never met an illegal Canadian. The point is that Canada has a sound economy. People to the south of us do not.”